The band provide Public Liability Insurance cover of £5,000,000 for attendance and performances. The policy is provided by the Musicians Insurance Services and is underwritten by Aviva.
The City of Liverpool Pipes and Drums believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people. In addition key members have passed Enhanced CRB Checks.
Can I stay with my current band and join the City of Liverpool Pipe Band?
Yes, we have no problem, and several of our players do just that. It is our intention to be a vibrant part of the local pipe band community and we welcome opportunities for both our members and band to integrate into the local scene. But if you wish to play with the City of Liverpool Pipes & Drums Pipe at a competitive level you will need to register with the RSPBA on our playing roster. However, you cannot be a voting member of our band if you are a committee member of another and will be given 'guest' player status instead. Please be up front about your interests - it avoids embarrassing situations in the future.
Will you teach me?
Yes - but you have to practice regularly. The three secrets to becoming a good player are 'practice, practice, practice'.
I just want to have a 'look before I join', is that OK?
We understand that ... and you are more than welcome to one of our practices. You might also want to get together informally with either our pipe major or leading drummer prior to coming along. But you won't be able to play at a practice until you indicate you wish to become a member or play with us 'on trial' - because we have structured practices.
If you are seriously thinking about joining and want to join in while you are thinking of making a final commitment, then you can - but you will be treated as a 'trial' member on the same basis as any of our other members and are expected to have your instrument to our required standard, play our tunes and also accept our playing routine.
I'm in town on a temporary basis, can I play with you?
Yes, of course. All of the other comments apply and you may or not be able to manage competitions or parades/shows - it really depends on your ability level and your own attitude.
How do I join?
If you are considering joining us the first thing you need to do is to speak to our pipe major either before or at a practice. We'll have a chat and find out your standard - but don't be concerned, there is a place for everybody from learner up to professional level player. Our band has a structured training program and if necessary you will be recommended to one of our approved tutors to help you get to the basic playing standard required for playing membership.
If you already play an instrument then you will be invited to join our playing practices (you may still require some 'top up' instruction and/or occasional guidance but that will be discussed).
Note that in the main our practices are held on full instruments from the off although, when needed, new sets and any fine practice will be done around the table on chanters and pads prior to going onto instruments.
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